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Richard L. Cupp, J.D.
John W. Wade Professor of Law

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  • J.D., University of California, Davis, 1987
  • B.A., Pepperdine University, 1983, magna cum laude

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Richard L. Cupp, Jr. serves as the John W. Wade Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School. He loves teaching and working with students. He is widely recognized as a leading scholar and commentator in the fields of torts and products liability law. He has authored more than 20 significant scholarly articles and numerous shorter articles. Professor Cupp is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and he has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Torts and Compensation Systems.

In addition to his work in torts and products liability, Professor Cupp writes and speaks extensively about the legal and moral status of animals. He has advised many organizations on these subjects, including the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Neuroscience, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association for Biomedical Research, the Animal Health Institute, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

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Books


  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., David A. Fischer, William C. Powers, Jr., Michael D. Green & Joseph Sanders, PRODUCTS LIABILITY: CASES AND MATERIALS (West, 5th ed. 2014).
  • Book Chapters


  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Tort Reform or Tort Restriction: Rhetoric as Scorekeeper, in ANDREW POPPER, MATERIALS ON TORT REFORM (Thomson/West 2010) . WorldCat
  • Articles


  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Children, Chimps, and Rights Arguments from 'Marginal' Cases, 45 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 1 (2013) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., In Praise of Moral Judgment: The Restatement (Third) of Torts and Flagrant "Bad Guy" Trespassers, 1 WAKE FOREST L. REV. ONLINE 37 (2011) SSRN
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., International Tobacco Litigation's Evolution as a United States Torts Law Export: To Canada and Beyond?, 38 PEPP. L. REV. 283 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Bioethics and the Explosive Rise of Animal Law, AM. J. BIOETHICS, May 2009, at 1
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Moving Beyond Animal Rights: A Legal/Contractualist Critique, 46 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 27 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Preemption's Rise (and Bit of a Fall) as Products Liability Reform: Wyeth, Riegel, Altria, and the Restatement (Third)'s Prescription Product Design Defect Standard, 74 BROOK. L. REV. 727 (2009) (symposium issue) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Paint by Numbers, L.A. DAILY J., July 14, 2008, at 6A
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., A Dubious Grail: Seeking Tort Law Expansion and Limited Personhood as Stepping Stones Toward Abolishing Animals' Property Status, 60 SMU L. REV. 3 (2007) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr. & Christopher L. Frost, Successor Liability for Defective Products: A Redesign Ongoing, 72 BROOK. L. REV. 1173 (2007) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Emotional Distress and Loss of a Pet, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Apr. 27, 2007
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Believing in Products Liability: Reflections on Daubert, Doctrinal Evolution, and David Owen's Products Liability Law, 40 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 511 (2006) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Asbestos Litigation and Bankruptcy: A Case Study for Ad Hoc Public Policy Limitations on Joint and Several Liability, 31 PEPP. L. REV. 203 (2003) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Proximate Cause, the Proposed Basic Principles Restatement, and Products Liability, 53 S.C. L. REV. 1085 (2002) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr. & Amber E. Dean, Veterinarians in the Doghouse: Are Pet Suits Economically Viable?, THE BRIEF, Spring 2002, at 43
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr. & Danielle Polage, The Rhetoric of Strict Products Liability Versus Negligence: An Empirical Analysis, 77 N.Y.U. L. REV. 874 (2002) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Paint Plaintiffs as Pirates, NAT'L L.J., Aug. 20, 2001, at A24
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Product Design and Tort Law: Safety Implications of Increasing Similarity in Civil Liability and Regulatory Standards, INJ. CONTROL & SAFETY PROMOTION, Mar. 2001, at 37
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., State Medical Reimbursement Lawsuits After Tobacco: Is the Domino Effect for Lead Paint Manufacturers and Others Fair Game?, 27 PEPP. L. REV. 685 (2000) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Redesigning Successor Liability, 1999 U. ILL. L. REV. 845 (1999) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The Continuing Search for Proper Perspective: Whose Reasonableness Should Be at Issue in a Prescription Product Design Defect Analysis?, 30 SETON HALL L. REV. 233 (1999) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Liability of Successor for Harm Caused by Defective Products Sold Commercially by Predecessor, 8 KAN. J. L. & PUB. POL'Y 113 (1998) (symposium issue) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., A Morality Play's Third Act: Revisiting Addiction, Fraud and Consumer Choice in "Third Wave" Tobacco Litigation, 46 U. KAN. L. REV. 465 (1998) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The "Uncomplicated" Law of Products Liability: Reflections of a Professor Turned Juror, 91 NW. U. L. REV. 1082 (1997) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Defining the Boundaries of "Alternative Design" under the Restatement (Third) of Torts: The Nature and Role of Substitute Products in Design Defect Analysis, 63 TENN. L. REV. 329 (1996) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Rethinking Conscious Design Liability for Prescription Drugs: The Restatement (Third) Standard Versus a Negligence Approach, 63 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 76 (1994) HeinOnline
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Sharing Accountability for Breast Implants: Strict Products Liability and Medical Professionals Engaged in Hybrid Sales/Service Cosmetic Products Transactions, 21 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 873 (1994) HeinOnline
  • Comment, Religious Torts: Applying the Consent Doctrine As Definitional Balancing, 19 U.C. Davis L. REV. 949 (1986) HeinOnline
  • Book Reviews


  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Seeking Redemption for Torts Law: Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse, 27 J. L. & RELIGION 185 (2012) (book review). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Popular Press


  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Address on the Debate Between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare in the United States, Second International Transdiciplinary Congress on Fauna Protection, Goiania, Brazil (Apr. 25, 2013).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Appointed to Planning Committee, Institute of Medicine's Forum on Neuroscience and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, Meeting re the future of animal research regulation in the United States and Europe, London (July 2011).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Symposium about rapid legal evolution related to animals, UCLA Center for Society and Genetics (Feb. 2011).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Justice Breyer cited Professor Cupp's article, "Rethinking Conscious Design Liability for Prescription Drugs: The Restatement (Third) Standard Versus a Negligence Approach," in his concurring opinion in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, (Feb. 2011).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Tobacco Litigation as Export, Presentation at Pepperdine Law Review symposium, Malibu, California (Apr. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, The Evolving Legal Status of Research Animals, Neuroscience, San Diego (Nov. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Animal Rights Versus Contractualist Animal Welfare, American Agricultural Law Association annual conference, Omaha, Nebraska (Oct. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Speaker, Internationalizing United States Torts Law: Paths and Consequences faculty of St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, Presentation to the faculty of St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri (Mar. 2010).
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Enhancing Legal Scholarship as a Faculty, presentation to the faculty of Faulkner Law School, Montgomery, Alabama, 2009.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Engaging Veterinarians in the Animal Law Debate Over Noneconomic Damages for Negligent Death of a Pet, National Webinar hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2009.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The Restatement (Third)'s Prescription Drug Design Standard and Preemption's Rise, presentation at Brooklyn Law Review symposium, New York, New York, 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Scientific Research and the Rise of Animal Law, presentation to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and Law, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Neuroscience Research and the Rise of Animal Law, presentation to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., The Rise of Tort Liability for Harm to Animals, presentation to the Pet Food Institute Board of Directors, San Diego, California, 2008.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Developing as a Legal Scholar, presentation to faculty of John Marshall Law School of Atlanta, 2007.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Noneconomic Damages for Harm to Companion Animals, presentation to AEI-Brookings Judicial Education Program Symposium on Civil Justice Issues, Washington, D.C., 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Ownership: Academia, Industry & Research, presentation for the Indiana Bar Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Hospitals and Noneconomic Damages for Harm to Companion Animals, presentation at the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors annual meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., A Sunshine Approach to Jury Instructions on the Impact of Joint and Several Liability in Asbestos Litigation, presentation to the Coalition for Litigation Justice, San Francisco, California, 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Law and Scientific Research, presentation at the National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C., 2006.
  • Richard L. Cupp, Jr., Animal Law and Scientific Research, presentation at the National Association of Biomedical Research's annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 2006.

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